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I’m a parent of a daughter who is now about to be 2 years old. We emigrated from India in 2000. In India, culturally, children take care of aging parents (and many even live with them).
We have our parents/in-laws, who still live in India, spend around 6 months with us every year. We alternate between her parents and mine each year. This is the only way we can spend time with them as they are aging and the distance is so great.
When my daughter was born, we had my wife’s parents come help us for the first 6 months and then we had my parents come for the other 6 months. We were hesitant to send her to the day care while she was so young and preferred care by her grandparents. At the same time we didn’t want to burden them with parenting so my wife would start her day at 6:00 am and come home by 3:00 while I would start my day late (9:30) and return by 6:00 or 7:00. I would also spend my lunch hour with them. That way my daughter would be with them for about 5 hours.
I think this worked out very well for us.
posted 4 years, 3 months ago
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